Orchid Evenings at The New York Botanical Garden
It’s coming up on a year since the theatrical release of Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians, but the CRA hype is still going strong. Singapore has leaped about 10 places on everyone’s “must visit” list, and the film’s one of a kind wedding has inspired a barrage of copycats. But perhaps the most cultural of the film’s many threads of influence can be found at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. This year, until April 28th, The New York Botanical Gardens will be home to an Orchid Show inspired by the movie’s glamorous setting: Singapore.
Even without all the CRA hype, it makes perfect sense that Singapore would be the inspiration for an Orchid Show. After all, the country is known as the “City in a Garden.” And it’s official flower is an Orchid. It’s a near perfect match.
Still, the process of putting together an Orchid show is no easy one. In order to ensure that the orchids would survive in the chilly March weather, the famed Enid A. Haupt conservatory had to crank up the temperature in order to replicate Singapore’s signature tropical weather. And the orchids themselves had to be flown in from all around the world -- not only from Singapore, but Australia and Madagascar. The amount of planning and planting that goes into organizing a botanical show at the horticultural center of the United States is frankly, astounding.
But, in true NYBG fashion -- and CRA fashion -- everything of course turned out beautiful. In addition to the classic Singaporean supertrees and arches, more than 6,000 orchids were on display in the conservatory -- from the petite “Dancing Lady” orchid, to the vibrant “Vanda Awkafina” orchid, which was named in honor of CRA star Awkafina -- the first time the garden has ever named an orchid after a public figure. The beauty of the exhibit cannot be lost on anyone: on a Saturday night, hundreds of people packed into the gardens, taking picture after picture of the orchids in full bloom.
So, if you’re looking to take a trip to Singapore without dropping a thousand bucks on a flight, take a train uptown to the Gardens. The Orchid Show is currently on display, and will be there until April 28th.